Closer to homePosted: October 24, 2012
As each experience arises, live it out as fully and deeply as possible; think it out, feel it out extensively and profoundly; be aware of its pain and pleasure, of your judgments and identifications. Only when experience is completed is there a renewal. We must be capable of living the four seasons in a day; to be keenly aware, to experience, to understand and be free of the gatherings of each day.
~ J. Krishnamurti
I had a very interesting morning. I had planned a different sort of blog post for today. After Sunday’s protest hike, Monday’s
rant musings, and Tuesday’s lie, I would rather focus on my morning meditation and walk around the pond. However, this blog is all about Life in the Bogs and that includes this morning’s interesting event.
Two very nice young women, geologists, stopped by as I was on my way out the door for my walk. They work for a company based in Canton, Ohio who have been contracted to do some work for an energy company that is currently fracking in Ohio. It takes a lot of water to frack (which helps explain part of the official name: “horizontal hydraulic fracturing”). Some sources (anti-fracking sources) estimate that between 1-8 million gallons of water may be used for one well, and one well could be fracked up to 18 times. The energy companies involved in fracking estimate 2-4 million gallons of water use, with 3 million being the most common, but don’t say how many times they frack one well.
The two very nice young geologists were here to talk about our pond, and the possibility of selling water from the pond to the fracking company, or perhaps it’s another company contracted to obtain and bring in the water for the fracking company. Either way, it’s all about the fricking fracking.
It makes me chuckle, especially when I think about how one of the very nice young geologists commented on the sign on our barn which states our property is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. I realize that’s no big deal. All you need is a garden, the money to pay the fee for the sign (I think it was $15 at the time we certified our habitat, maybe $25, somewhere in that vicinity), and you, too, can have a certified wildlife habitat. We take it seriously because we feel we are caretakers for this land, and want to make it as wildlife friendly as we can and still have a garden and a healthy pond.
There are other ways in which the event is amusing. Timing. Irony. That sort of thing. I don’t suppose it needs to be stated, but for the record, we won’t be selling our pond water. (Sorry kids and grandkids. There goes your big inheritance.)
The trees reflected in the river — they are unconscious of a spiritual world so near to them. So are we.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
I had a long talk with my visitors. I asked questions about how they would extract the water, and how drawing out one to two feet of water at a time would effect the fish, frogs, and other creatures in the pond. I listened to what they had to say. I was told that part of the evaluation process would be to determine how much water could be safely drawn out without harming the ecosystem.
We have been quick to assume rights to use water but slow to recognize obligations to preserve and protect it… In short, we need a water ethic — a guide to right conduct in the face of complex decisions about natural systems we do not and cannot fully understand.
~ Sandra Postel, Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity
There’s the rub, aside from the fact that I don’t want to support fracking in any way, shape, or form. How much do we really know about how these systems work? I am sure the young geologists think they know what they’re doing. I don’t believe, though, that any of the scientists anywhere fully understand how the various ecosystems work and/or how they’re all connected. I have great doubts that anyone could say without reservation that taking massive amounts of water from the pond will not upset the balance of things.
I have been wondering of late about the aquifer that provides our well water. How big is it? Will any fracking that takes place 8-10 miles away have an effect on it? You see, I think it’s all connected, in the same way the researchers are finding connections between whole foods, nutrition, and health. Scientists isolate out one thing they think is good for us, but then find it’s more than that one thing.
I think I’ll spend a day or two researching some of the things I’ve been wondering about.
That’s about all there is from the Bogs for today. Thank you so much for stopping by as I wander around the pond and through my thoughts. It’s lovely here today. After some morning rain, the weather and sky have cleared up nicely. Indian Summer is here. It’s sunny, warm, and will be warming up near 80 tomorrow. I don’t see snow in our weather forecast yet, but it will be chillier next week (highs in the 40s). The frogs, hiding during that last cold spell, are back, enjoying this warm-up. I thought I’d warn you so the sudden “eeeep!” and jump doesn’t frighten you as you walk around the pond. The bees are buzzing in the meadows again, too. It’s a pleasing, almost melodic sound. Be careful in the woods. The leaves and mud are creating slippery conditions back there.
Have a delightful day, evening, or night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.
The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
~ Native American saying